You want to know something I’ve discovered writing for this blog? The hardest month to blog in (at least on this subject) is January! There’s just not a plethora of fascinating topics! So I’ve decided to take one out for a little housecleaning and “meta” discussion of what the future holds for this blog and my contributions to it.
First, I’m going to make a confession that is really not very major since I’ve alluded to it in passing several times in the past, but which is relevant to the conversation: I identify as a transsexual woman. You may ask what the relevance is, so I’ll explain. My focus of mind tends to gravitate towards more “snatched from the headlines” sort of writing. That is, the ongoing struggle for trans acceptance and equality is the subject matter for which I have a passion. I’m one of those trans women who didn’t spend a lifetime crossdressing before transition. I did so in childhood and my early teens but almost never during my adult years.
As such, a lot of the more common concerns of the recreational crossdresser are things I just don’t really relate to very well. I’m never going to be the go-to authority on fashion, or be able to give you the benefit of my vast experience with the quality of wigs or breast forms. I don’t have a lot of first hand advice when it comes to how you handle being a CD with a supportive or non-supportive spouse, or how you deal with the issue of being discovered at work or whatever. For me, the question of being a woman is the core of who I am. I mean no disrespect at all to the recreational crossdresser, but how my employer handles my gender, and how they handle your hobby are two different concerns. Both very valid and important, but different. So I’m not as skilled at writing about the latter as I am at writing about the former.
All this serves to say to you, the regular reader, this: forgive me if, from time to time, my focus drifts from the specific concerns of crossdressers to the broader subjects current in the trans community. I promise you none of this, and none of those theoretical future columns, are meant to belittle, dismiss, or disrespect the concerns and interests of the crossdresser.
With that on the table, I wish to open the comment thread for feedback. What have you seen here in the last year plus that you really liked? What could you do without? What would you like to see addressed in future columns? Now’s your chance to speak up, even more than the comment section usually is, and help me produce the best material I can for the visitors to this site.
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